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Polished Or Poor Taste?

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If being a Hollywood star isn’t glitz and glam enough for you, how about wrapping your supercar with a chrome-look finish? Now you can minus one from your entourage, the one responsible for holding your mirror. Not only can you use your car as a giant mirror offering up every angle possible, but it also stands out and makes a statement – whether this is good or bad, it’s entirely up to you.

The two biggest trends with Hollywood cars are actually polar opposites. At one extreme you have the “murdered out” matte black on black finish, whilst in total contrast at the other end of the scale you have the bright and gleaming chrome finish. Some even go as far as using a gold chrome finish… gold or gaudy? Take a look at who is doing what to their cars in Hollywood.

Kim & Kourtney Kardashian – Audi R8

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These Hollywood sisters and socialites probably spend more time looking into rather than driving this Audi R8. Nevertheless, out of most of the chromed examples, the Audi wears it better with the black side pods and wheels.

Justin Bieber – Fisker Karma

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This kid has A LOT of decent cars. The depressing thing isn’t the fact he is only 19 and owns such fantastic rides; no, it’s what he does to them. How does a leopard print R8 sound? Or a “murdered out” black on black Cadillac CTS-V – okay this car just pulls the look off, but it looks more like the Batmobile than a classy town car. Add this chrome Fisker Karma to the bunch and you have a whole lot of beautiful cars turned ugly.

Flo Rida – Bugatti Veyron

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This American rapper loves Bugatti and has owned a few Veyrons, one of which he silver chromed, the other gold chromed. I guess this is subjective concerning if it’s a good or bad choice. Personally, I think it looks gaudy and hideously OTT.

Tyga – Audi R8

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Tyga is another American rapper, a 23-year-old signed to Young Money Entertainment and Cash Money Records – notice the theme here? When you have this much cash to throw around, why not turn your Audi R8 into gold? Again, a little OTT but at least the black side pods give it a little style.

Ray J – Rolls Royce Phantom

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Being an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actor, Ray J has his finger in many pies. Many pies mean many pots of cash.

Now, I’ve written about customising a Rolls Royce before, and no matter where you stand on the subject, customising a Roller is like dressing the queen in bondage gear. A Rolls Royce is an elegant vehicle made from the planet’s finest materials (they only use bull’s skin because a cow’s skin has stretch marks from pregnancy!), a heritage that evokes words such as class, refined, elegance, opulence and sophistication. Wrapping a RR in chrome is a big no no and that’s that.

Theo Paphitis – Maybach 62 S

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Theo Paphitis is perhaps best known for his role as a dragon on the BBC’s “Dragon’s Den”, a program aimed at future entrepreneurs. Apart from owning various stores and businesses, Theo was a former chairman of Millwall Football Club.

Like Ray J’s Rolls Royce, the Maybach is supposed to be a luxurious and classy vehicle capable of transporting people from A – B in maximum comfort. The Maybach pictured here looks fractionally better than the RR, but to me it now looks like something drunken girls on a Hen night might fall out of outside a nightclub.

So as you ca see, you either love the chrome look or hate it – I personally don’t like it an can’t think of any car that would benefit from it.

(Journalist) – James is a published fiction and article writer from London (UK) with a serious penchant for Ferrari F1, anything with an engine, and English Pointers.